Preventing Illness in those with Spinal Cord Injuries

preventing illness in spinal cord injury patientsDiet and nutrition play a large role in our body’s everyday functions and overall well being. We have heard sayings such as “healthy body, healthy mind” or “you are what you eat”. As cliché as those sayings may be, there is no denying the truth behind them. As is true with everyone, proper nutrition plays a large part in reducing the occurrence of health concerns or preventing illness particularly for those living with spinal cord injuries (SCI) and more specifically, for those that are commonly related to the injury.

Diet and Prevention of UTI’s

One of the most common secondary health concerns regarding clients/patients with spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are urinary tract infections (UTI’s). SCI clients/patients experience a heightened risk of developing UTI’s from the frequent need to perform intermittent catheterization to empty their bladders on a daily basis. The average incidence rate of UTI’s is 10.3 per 1000 catheterizations. Continue reading

Decreased Bone Mineral Density & Joint Contractures for Those with SCIs

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In our last blog post, we talked about the potential complications of immobility for those with spinal cord injuries (SCIs).  In this blog post, we’ll elaborate on issues such as decreased bone mineral density (BMD) and the potential for joint contractures (joint immobility).

Bone Mineral Density

In a healthy individual, the body goes through a cycle of reabsorbing minerals from the bones to use (or in a sense, borrow) for other bodily functions and processes to keep the body in homeostasis (regulating properly). The body then replaces the minerals, adding them back to the bone. At about the age of 30, bone density starts to slowly decrease, as the body reabsorbs the minerals faster than it can be replaced in the bone. There are other factors that may speed bone density loss, such as:

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